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Load Shedding is to Blame for Joburg’s Water Shortages



Johannesburg is currently experiencing water service disruptions

Johannesburg is experiencing water service disruptions. News24 said these disruptions followed a power outage that impacted the pipeline network earlier this week. The service interruptions have also affected Mayor Thapelo Amad.

The city said on Saturday that while Rand Water’s bulk pumping has recovered, local water systems are dealing with the knock-on effect, and reservoirs are currently at critically low levels.

Mayor Thapelo Amad said the city is still experiencing significant service breakdowns, exacerbated by the country’s electricity problem.

“I, too, am affected by these water shortages and recognise how untenable the situation is becoming,” said the mayor.

Amad stated that these issues remain on his agenda and will keep working with his mayoral committee and City administrators to find long-term solutions to the city’s infrastructure problems.


“Last month, I announced that the City, through Joburg Water, has invested just over R400 million to build and upgrade bulk water infrastructure, particularly along the Commando system (Crosby and Brixton), which is always the hardest hit by water shortages,” Amad said.

He also expressed confidence that this investment will significantly reduce water supply challenges.

“I have directed Johannesburg Water to provide alternative water relief measures to affected areas via stationary water tanks and mobile tankers,” Amad explained.

The City urges residents to report any significant bursts or leaks to Joburg’s SMS Line: +27 (0) 45201.

Also read: Mchunu Expresses Concern Over Excessive Water Consumption by Gauteng Residents


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